Period
to 19 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 19 November 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Acceptance Criteria
England > South West
6 months to
19 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 145 152 183
Rank change year-on-year +7 +31 +2
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 76 44 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.21% 0.79% 0.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.41% 0.95% 0.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 28 15
South West median daily rate £425 £364 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.84% -11.82% +20.44%
10th Percentile £213 £300 £300
90th Percentile £550 £458 £545
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £33.00 £44.00
% change year-on-year +36.36% -25.00% +25.89%

Acceptance Criteria is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,381 4,646 4,719
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.86% 83.46% 82.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,386 2,935 3,156
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £250 £235
90th Percentile £575 £554 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 220 189 281
South West median hourly rate £41.53 £35.00 £29.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.66% +18.24% -22.61%
10th Percentile £15.23 £11.95 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.08 £50.70 £47.50
England median hourly rate £22.00 £23.32 £23.00
% change year-on-year -5.66% +1.39% +4.55%

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West over the 6 months to 19 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria within the South West region over the 6 months to 19 November 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol +18 36 £350 -6.67% 11
Wiltshire -15 14 £475 -13.64%
Somerset -7 8 £519 +43.10% 5
Gloucestershire -14 8 £425 +33.86% 2
Dorset +5 6 £300 -
Devon - 2 £350 -
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Acceptance Criteria also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South West region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 51 (67.11%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (43.42%) Test Automation
3 30 (39.47%) Scrum
4 29 (38.16%) Analytical Skills
5 24 (31.58%) User Stories
5 24 (31.58%) QA
6 20 (26.32%) Security Cleared
7 19 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
7 19 (25.00%) Selenium
8 18 (23.68%) ISEB
9 16 (21.05%) Microsoft
9 16 (21.05%) Workflow
10 15 (19.74%) Test Scripting
10 15 (19.74%) Business Analysis
11 13 (17.11%) SQL
11 13 (17.11%) JIRA
11 13 (17.11%) Team Foundation Server
12 12 (15.79%) SDLC
12 12 (15.79%) C#
12 12 (15.79%) Management Information System
13 11 (14.47%) Continuous Integration
13 11 (14.47%) CMS
13 11 (14.47%) Content Management
14 10 (13.16%) Finance
14 10 (13.16%) Oracle
14 10 (13.16%) SC Cleared
14 10 (13.16%) Git (software)
14 10 (13.16%) Confluence
15 9 (11.84%) Manual Testing
15 9 (11.84%) PowerShell

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 11 (14.47%) CMS
2 10 (13.16%) Confluence
3 8 (10.53%) Drupal
4 6 (7.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 5 (6.58%) Apache Qpid
Applications
1 7 (9.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (7.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.32%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
1 1 (1.32%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.26%) VPN
2 3 (3.95%) Cisco ASA
2 3 (3.95%) Cisco Nexus
2 3 (3.95%) Network Security
3 2 (2.63%) Cisco Firepower
3 2 (2.63%) Cisco ISE
3 2 (2.63%) Firewall
4 1 (1.32%) BGP
4 1 (1.32%) MPLS
4 1 (1.32%) Multicast
4 1 (1.32%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.84%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.58%) GIS
3 3 (3.95%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (3.95%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
3 3 (3.95%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
3 3 (3.95%) Crystal Reports
3 3 (3.95%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.95%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.32%) Lumira
4 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (1.32%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 19 (25.00%) Selenium
2 13 (17.11%) JIRA
2 13 (17.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (13.16%) Git (software)
4 8 (10.53%) SoapUI
4 8 (10.53%) WebDriver
5 5 (6.58%) Cucumber
5 5 (6.58%) Jenkins
5 5 (6.58%) Maven
6 4 (5.26%) JUnit
6 4 (5.26%) NUnit
7 3 (3.95%) Bugzilla
7 3 (3.95%) HP UFT
7 3 (3.95%) Redmine
7 3 (3.95%) TestComplete
7 3 (3.95%) TestRail
General
1 10 (13.16%) Finance
2 3 (3.95%) Publishing
3 1 (1.32%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.32%) Retail
Job Titles
1 29 (38.16%) Analyst
2 21 (27.63%) Business Analyst
3 14 (18.42%) Tester
4 11 (14.47%) Software Tester
5 8 (10.53%) Test Analyst
5 8 (10.53%) Test Leader
6 7 (9.21%) Technical Analyst
6 7 (9.21%) Technical Business Analyst
7 5 (6.58%) Agile Business Analyst
7 5 (6.58%) Automation Test Analyst
7 5 (6.58%) Automation Test Lead
7 5 (6.58%) Test Engineer
8 3 (3.95%) Developer
8 3 (3.95%) Digital Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Digital Business Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Digital Transformation Business Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Pensions Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Pensions Business Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
8 3 (3.95%) Transformation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.53%) HTML
1 8 (10.53%) REST
2 5 (6.58%) Gherkin
2 5 (6.58%) Kafka
2 5 (6.58%) RabbitMQ
2 5 (6.58%) SOAP
3 3 (3.95%) .NET
4 1 (1.32%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 29 (38.16%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (15.79%) Management Information System
3 5 (6.58%) Computer Science
4 4 (5.26%) User Experience
5 3 (3.95%) Blog
5 3 (3.95%) Wiki
6 2 (2.63%) Fintech
6 2 (2.63%) Self-Motivation
6 2 (2.63%) Smart Meter
7 1 (1.32%) FMCG
7 1 (1.32%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 9 (11.84%) Windows
2 1 (1.32%) CentOS
2 1 (1.32%) Fedora
2 1 (1.32%) Linux
2 1 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.32%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (67.11%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (43.42%) Test Automation
3 30 (39.47%) Scrum
4 24 (31.58%) User Stories
5 19 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
6 16 (21.05%) Workflow
7 15 (19.74%) Business Analysis
7 15 (19.74%) Test Scripting
8 12 (15.79%) SDLC
9 11 (14.47%) Content Management
9 11 (14.47%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (11.84%) Continuous Improvement
10 9 (11.84%) Manual Testing
10 9 (11.84%) Test Strategy
11 8 (10.53%) API Testing
11 8 (10.53%) BDD
12 7 (9.21%) Exploratory Testing
12 7 (9.21%) Regression Testing
13 6 (7.89%) Process Improvement
13 6 (7.89%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (17.11%) SQL
2 12 (15.79%) C#
3 9 (11.84%) PowerShell
4 8 (10.53%) VBScript
5 6 (7.89%) Python
6 5 (6.58%) Perl
7 3 (3.95%) PHP
7 3 (3.95%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.32%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.32%) C
Qualifications
1 20 (26.32%) Security Cleared
2 18 (23.68%) ISEB
3 10 (13.16%) SC Cleared
4 9 (11.84%) ISTQB
5 8 (10.53%) Degree
5 8 (10.53%) DV Cleared
6 5 (6.58%) Computer Science Degree
6 5 (6.58%) Master's Degree
7 3 (3.95%) DBS Check
7 3 (3.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.32%) CCNA
8 1 (1.32%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (1.32%) CISSP
8 1 (1.32%) CompTIA Security+
8 1 (1.32%) MCSE
8 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (1.32%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (31.58%) QA
2 8 (10.53%) WCAG
3 1 (1.32%) PMO
Systems Management
1 8 (10.53%) WMI
2 6 (7.89%) Ansible
2 6 (7.89%) Puppet
3 5 (6.58%) Nagios
3 5 (6.58%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (3.95%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.32%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 16 (21.05%) Microsoft
2 10 (13.16%) Oracle
3 4 (5.26%) SAP
4 3 (3.95%) Cisco
4 3 (3.95%) Palo Alto
5 1 (1.32%) Cadence
5 1 (1.32%) HP
5 1 (1.32%) JDA
5 1 (1.32%) Red Hat